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Student struck by car in front of Horn Lake High School

When Horn Lake High School releases its students in the afternoons, a crossing guard is there to stop traffic and usher students safely across the street. But in the morning, there is no crossing guard on Nail Road, near the parking lot at the school.

Tuesday morning, a Horn Lake High sophomore tried to cross the road anyway, and was hit by a car.  The student is Kevin Cook's 15 year-old son.

"I don't want this to happen to any other kid," Cook said. "I don't want this to happen to any other motorist."

Cook said thinks a crossing guard should be on duty in the morning, like the afternoon.

"I know they're high school students, but when you got cars coming down the road like that, you need some supervision over them," he said.

The Horn Lake Police Department stations crossing guards at schools. Chief Darryl Whaley said his department's goal is to get students to and from school safely.

"If that doesn't happen, then we need to look at what we're doing and obviously this incident will prompt us to look at what we're doing," Whaley said. "If we need a crosswalk they'll get one."

But Tuesday afternoon, even with a crossing guard present, some students took their chances and jay-walked across Nail Road.

The school district hopes the accident will make students more careful. Kevin Cook said when his son recovers he will drive to school.

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